Zadoff-Chu coded ultrasonic signal for accurate range estimation

Mohammed H. AlSharif, Mohamed Saad, Mohamed Siala, Tarig Ballal, Hatem Boujemaa, Tareq Y. Al-Naffouri

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This paper presents a new adaptation of Zadoff-Chu sequences for the purpose of range estimation and movement tracking. The proposed method uses Zadoff-Chu sequences utilizing a wideband ultrasonic signal to estimate the range between two devices with very high accuracy and high update rate. This range estimation method is based on time of flight (TOF) estimation using cyclic cross correlation. The system was experimentally evaluated under different noise levels and multi-user interference scenarios. For a single user, the results show less than 7 mm error for 90% of range estimates in a typical indoor environment. Under the interference from three other users, the 90% error was less than 25 mm. The system provides high estimation update rate allowing accurate tracking of objects moving with high speed.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 25th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780992862671
StatePublished - Nov 2 2017

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work is supported by the KAUST-MIT-TUD consortium under grant OSR-2015-Sensors-2700.


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